A long-drawn battle is underway within the banned terror group Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) more than 4 months after the suspicious death of its leader Harmeet Singh alias Happy PhD. Harmeet Singh died under mysterious circumstances in Lahore in January of 2020.

In the fray for the leadership of KLF are radical elements from Pakistan, UK, Italy, and Switzerland. Pakistan- based Lakhbir Singh Rode also Chief of International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), Paramjeet Singh Panjwar, the UK based Paramjeet Singh Panjwar, Gursharanvir Singh Wahiwala, KLF spokesperson Dhanna Singh, Italy- based Gurjinder Singh Shastri and Switzerland based Pappu Singh are trying to take the mantle of the group. Continue reading


A top commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Abdul Rehman alias Fouji Bhia, was among three terrorists eliminated in encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on Wednesday (June 3). Rehman, who was an Afghanistan war participant, was an IED expert and was also the mastermind of the recent failed car bomb attempt in Pulwama. Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar, termed Rehman’s killing as a big success for the security forces in Kashmir.

Talking to media, IGP Kumar said, “The slain commander has been identified as Abdul Rehman alias Fouji Bhai or Fouji Baba, who had participated in Afghan war and was active since 2017 in Kashmir. He was the IED expert and was the mastermind of May 28 Car bomb plan which was averted on time by the police, army and CRPF,”  IG said. He added that the slain terrorist belonged to Multan, Pakistan. Continue reading


A senior Army official on Wednesday said that there was no impact on anti-militancy operations being carried out by security forces in Kashmir valley due to tension with China along Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. Meanwhile, as the standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies continued along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh, an “emergency landing and runway strip” is being constructed along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in south Kashmir district of Anantnag.

“As the tension with Chinese army is in another region, there will be no effect on the anti-militancy operations by security forces in Kashmir valley because of it,” General Operation Commanding (GOC) Victor Force, A Sengupta said while answering a question during a press conference here on Wednesday. Continue reading


There was a deep rooted conspiracy behind the riots and murder of IB officer Ankit Sharma during northeast Delhi violence as he was specifically targeted by a mob led by suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain,the police told a Delhi court in its charge sheet on Wednesday.

The Crime Branch of Delhi police filed the charge sheet before Metropolitan Magistrate Richa Parihar, who fixed the matter for consideration on June 16. After killing Sharma, the mob had thrown his body in a nearby drain and was fished out the next day, police said. A witness standing on a terrace had captured a video on his mobile phone, in which a group of persons are seen dumping the dead body in the drain. During post mortem, the doctors found 51 sharp and blunt injuries on Ankit’s body, the charge sheet said. Continue reading


China emphasised today that there was no need for the intervention of a “third party” to resolve its current standoff with India as the two neighbours have full-fledged border-related mechanisms and communication channels to sort out their differences through dialogue. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing in Beijing that China’s position on the border issue with India was “consistent and clear” and both the countries have “earnestly” implemented the important consensus reached between their leaders.

Mr Zhao was replying to a question about the phone call between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump on Tuesday during which the two leaders also reportedly discussed the border standoff between India and China. “Now the situation there (at Line of Actual Control) is overall stable and controllable. China and India have full-fledged border-related mechanisms and communication channel. We have the capability to resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiation,” Mr Zhao said. Continue reading


Security forces on Wednesday killed terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad’s (JeM) top IED expert Abdul Rehman alias ‘Fauji Bhai’, who was an Afghan war veteran, besides two local militants during an encounter in Pulwama district of South Kashmir, police said. “The killing of Abdul Rehman alias Fauji Bhai alias Fauji Baba, a Pakistani national, is a big success for security forces as he was a master in assembling improvised explosive devices for JeM,” Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar told reporters here.

Kumar said the slain Jaish terrorist was active in south Kashmir since 2017 and had taken part in armed action against the allied forces in violence-ridden Afghanistan in the past. The IGP claimed that Fauji Baba had managed to escape when security forces intercepted the IED laden car in Pulwama on May 28. Continue reading


The standoff between India and China started near Line of Actual Control and in Sikkim after China has moved two brigade strength of People’s Liberation Army of over 6000 soldiers at four locations in eastern Ladakh and three in the Galwan Valley and one near Pangong Lake. Beijing also upped the ante by sending more troops to Sikkim and trying to breach Indian border which resulted in skirmishes between the troops of the two countries.

Responding to Chinese aggression, which India had also moved an equal number of high-altitude warfare troops to these areas closer to the Line of Actual Control. Continue reading


Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev on Tuesday met Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla amid ongoing standoff with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in what can be described as a show of support to Delhi at this critical juncture. The two diplomats discussed key regional and international issues besides bilateral agenda for the year including expansion of energy and economic partnerships, ET has learnt.

This was Foreign Secretary’s first ever face to face meet with any foreign envoy since the outbreak of Covid that had limited face to face interactions. Russia on Monday backed India’s position on addressing the LAC standoff based on bilateral mechanisms. “Off course we are worried with the current situation at LAC. However, as we know, there are dedicated specific mechanisms and tools developed by both countries including hotlines, special representatives dialogue, and even informal summits. We are confident that the Indian and Chinese friends are duly equipped to find way out for mutual satisfaction. We would encourage every endeavour in this regard,” Russian Deputy Ambassador to India Roman Babushkin had told ET. Continue reading


Indian on Tuesday said that a UN report on terrorism and Afghanistan has vindicated its long-standing stand that Pakistan remained the epicentre of international terrorism, saying terror entities and individuals continue to enjoy safe havens in that country. Pakistan-based terror groups Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba are engaged in trafficking fighters into Afghanistan who are threatening to derail the peace process in the war-torn country, according to the report

“This vindicates India’s long standing position that Pakistan remains the epicentre of international terrorism,” MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava has said.He said proscribed terrorist entities and individuals continue to enjoy safe havens and and operate with impunity from Pakistan with state support. Continue reading


Hearing a petition seeking direction to the Centre to amend the Constitution and change the name of the country from India to Bharat, Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde told the petitioner on Wednesday that India is already called Bharat in the Constitution. While declining to entertain the plea, the top court said the petition could be considered as a representation to the government.

A bench headed by the CJI and comprising Justices AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy asked the petitioner’s counsel, “Why have you come here? India is already called Bharat in the Constitution.” Advocate Ashwin Vaish, appearing for the Delhi-based petitioner, argued that the plea sought amendment to Article 1 of the Constitution. Continue reading


The driver of the two expelled Pakistani operatives — Abid Hussain and Muhammad Tahir — has also been declared as ‘persona non grata’ by the government and is likely to be expelled on Wednesday. Sources told India Today that during the investigation by the Indian intelligence agencies, it was found that the driver, Javed Hussain, was also involved in the spy ring of Abid and Tahir.

Earlier, Javed told the Indian agencies that he used to drive both of them in and around the national capital. Thirty six-year-old Javed, a native of Bhakkar in Pakistan, was apprehended by the police after questioning of Abid and Tahir. Both the ISI operatives, Abid Hussain and Tahir Khan were expelled from India on Monday night on charges of espionage. They were caught red-handed by the Indian intelligence agencies while trying to get documents regarding the Indian Army’s establishments in New Delhi “The government has declared both these officials persona non grata for indulging in activities incompatible with their status as members of a diplomatic mission and asked them to leave the country within 24 hours,” read a statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs issued on Sunday. Continue reading


The chief of the Northern Army Command is camping in Leh to review the situation amid growing tensions with China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. Sources said Lt Gen YK Joshi, Commander of the Udhampur-based Northern Command, will be camping in Leh till Thursday. He was scheduled to reach Leh on Tuesday but was unable to do so. The visit comes ahead of the talks between the senior level officers of the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army to resolve the ongoing standoff.

Lt Gen Joshi was earlier heading the 14 Corps, the Army division that looks after Ladakh and now engaged with the PLA soldiers at the standoff points. His visit to Leh assumes significance keeping in mind his understanding of the area and knowledge on LAC. Continue reading


The Centre has advised students of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh union territories against taking admissions in colleges or universities in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) as the educational institutions there were not recognised by India. In a public notice, published in local dailies here, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) cautioned the students of J and K and Ladakh about “unapproved technical institutions” operating in PoK.

“Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) is an integral part of the Union of India and the educational institutions including universities, medical colleges, and technical educational institutions situated in PoJK are neither established by Government of India nor recognized by statutory authorities such as University Grants Commission (UGC), AICTE and Medical Council of India (MCI) etc,” reads the notice issued by Member Secretary, AICTE. Continue reading


‘Tejas today is best in its class in the world’ was a very important statement made by Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria at the induction ceremony of the new Tejas squadron at Sulur recently prompting many Ex-Indian Air Force Pilots to question the need for foreign-made fighter jet under MMRCA Tender when the country is going through financial crises due to Covid-19.

Group Capt MJA Vinod (Retd) an ace Mirage-2000 and Mig-21 pilot backed induction of cheaper LCA-Tejas over MMRCA fighter jet and also cited LCA-Tejas performance in Exercise Iron Fist where it performed better than other jets in the air to ground bombing competition and stood first in points tally among other jets like Jaguars and Mirage-2000. Continue reading


China never expected the Indian Army to turn their own playbook against them — India’s reciprocal infrastructure measures caught them by surprise – these are the words of an individual identified only as ‘Detesfra’, a name now wildly popular and highly sought after on Twitter amidst the India-China army standoff in Ladakh.

With an ironic mix of Chinese propaganda and very little specific official word from the Indian government, the information void has been gamely filled by a handful of open-source intelligence (OSINT) analysts, who have leveraged their access to the latest commercial satellite imagery and digital skills to provide detailed visual canvases of the high altitude battlefield. But none have provided more mesmerisingly detailed, easy-to-grasp imagery than DetResFa. Continue reading